This morning I hastily did some pizza base printmaking for a workshop with some children at The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.
We created tins inspired by the Chinese collection in the gallery for Hazlehurst’s current community project, Old Town Bloom, Have a read about it.
I missed Sketchbook Sunday last week!
I went to visit some friends in London last weekend (hi guys!) funnily enough, they all said how much they liked my sketchbook Sunday posts…. And then I go and miss Sketchbook Sunday!
So this week I’ve doodled every day I’ve been looking into digital printers for a new collection I want to create. Today I decided I was going to paint a design on to silk to see how it looked and draped.
The piece is around 45 x 100 cm
What do you think? Would you buy it?
I’m back with a few little commuting sketches from the week. I’ve been pretty lax on the drawing recently so I’ve decided to attempt to draw everyday for a while. I don’t want to give myself an end date I’m just gunna go with the flow, you know.
Have you been doing arty things? Share them with #SketchbookSunday
There’s lots of research a foot in The Hay Jay OH studio so my Drawing has slowed down a lot over the past couple of weeks.
I’m attempting to manage research and creating. Do you have any tips?
On Friday I split my day between idea gathering and business research in the morning and painting in the afternoon, which actually worked pretty well. I just put on The Lion King Musical soundtrack on repeat and created.
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This week has been pretty intense I’ve been on The Princes Trust Explore Enterprise course so I can bring you all some beautiful products soon. Here are a few doodles from my notebook you can really see where my ideas and prints start from. I’ve got shapes on the brain!
So my plan to blog everyday in May didn’t go very well!…oops
I’m drawing circles a lot at the moment , apparently drawing perfect circles is a sign of madness.
Heres a couple of pieces that I’ve created this week. A doodle and a mixed media piece for a project I’m working on with Hazlehurst Studios
I’ve had a pretty busy week. I’ve been to the zoo and decided to take on a daily blogging challenge.
So if you’re wondering why I’ve been popping up in your news feeds more often that’s why! I am only slightly regretting it now, but I’m also feeling inspired which is a dubious combination. I know we’re only 4 days into May but I‘ve managed to blog everyday, the real challenge is next week I suppose!
I’ll leave you with some paintings I’ve done this week for some postcards which I’ll be finishing and sending off pretty sharpish.
Have you done anything arty this week? What have you been drawing?! You should show me with #SketchbookSunday on twitter and Instagram.
I seem to have a routine for #BEDM. I have a blog post idea and then getting distracted all day by other things.
Today’s topic for the #BEDM challenge was to blog your weekend morning routine. As fun as me describing what shampoo I’m currently using sounds I don’t want to give away the secret to my luscious locks…. I figured I would stick to the routines idea because it’s actually something I love reading about in a creative context.
Heres a little insight into my design process.
- It starts with inspiration (its spring so I’m inspired by flowers at the moment)
- Next I turn to good old pinterest for research on current trends, colour palettes and customer research.
- During the research phase I draw a lot and explore different mediums and attempt different styles of illustration.
- I start bringing things together and forming composition ideas. I used to do a lot of photocopying during this stage, but now I do most of my composing digitally.
- At this stage I may have a few patterns already, but I carry on drawing anyway.
- When I’ve got a collection that I’m happy with I create the same pattern in different colours. These are called colour ways.
- Being happy with everything I’ve created. I then create visualisations, like the one below, to show people what my patterns would look like on real products.
Recently I’ve been inspired by other surface designers and their businesses. I came across Carolyn Gavin’s patterns and her family business in the last issue of Uppercase Magazine (you can read more about the issue here if you like)
Carolyn designs patterns for her brand of eco-friendly stationery and paper goods, Ecojot.
The brand has an obvious deep philanthropy. Ecojot use 100% recycled materials and their products support the GIVE programme for children in need. Values like this aren’t celebrated enough with the independent design community, take a look at their dedicated philanthropic effort.
Carolyn’s designs give these feel good products a quirky, unique edge and I wanted to know more about how she works.
Where and what did you study at university?
I studied 3 years of graphic design at Witwatersrand Technikon which is in Johannesburg (Gauteng) South Africa
What inspires you?
I love animals and nature and this inspires a lot of my work – birds, butterflies, flowers etc. I also get excited by color and cool combinations that make the work sing!
What’s your surface design recipe for success?
Work long and hard and practice to hone your technique and in the process develop your own style. Think about what you’re doing, and little nuances will make it special and stand out. Try to be original and true to yourself.
What’s next for Ecojot?
We’re designing a super cool app that works with our stationery product. I think designers, students, artists and architects with love it.
We come out with new designs fairly regularly so we’ll be introducing some of those at our next show, which is The National Stationery Show in New York in May.
Where can I buy your art or products?
Barnes and Noble in the US, Indigo in Canada, Paperchase in the UK, Sweden, Finland, France etc. Check out our website for more retailers and online – http://www.ecojot.com
Do you have a blog, can I read more about you?
About a month or so ago I found out that I got featured in the 2014 Uppercase Surface Pattern Design Guide. I wrote an entire post about it, which has a sneaky little discount code for Uppercase Subscriptions so click on through!
Anyway the issue has hit shelves worldwide (I picked mine up from Tate Liverpool). I’m so happy with the patterns that Uppercase picked from my 8 submissions, they showcase my style perfectly.
In the Surface Pattern Design Guide there are 100 designers featured, of course surface design being a niche industry, there are a lot of names I recognised. I’m already guilty of drooling over their portfolios.
I came across a few new-to-me designers so I thought I’d put together a little roundup of some of my favorites from the guide. Click the images to see each designer’s portfolio.
If you want more surface deign inspiration goodness you can check out my roundup of the Tropical Bloghop from January 2014. Oh, and I also made a pinterest board of the designers featured in the issue, cause I’m nice like that. Check it out and have a look at some more tasty patterns!
Welcome to #SketchbookSunday
I’ve put a lot of energy into my portfolio this week, so I thought It might be interesting to show you some visualisations of my newest prints on products along with a few drawings.
Share with me using #SKetchbook Sunday!
Also keep an eye out I’ll be adding some new patterns to my online portfolio shortly!
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I’ve almost finished my floral project, which I’ve aptly titled “Darkly Dreaming Florals” in homage to Dexter (I love a little cultural reference). I’m now starting to pull together a geometric project, so I thought I’d share something a bit different, my development sketchbook.
I generally have two sketchbooks running along side each other for each project, one purely for sketching & the other for theme experimentation, ideas and digital development
At the moment the projects called “Slightly-African-textiles-inspired-geometrics“, not too catchy.
Feel free to chime in if you can think of an awesome project name
I also did an interview with the wonderful Charlotte Rose about my creative process this week go check it out!
What have you been working on this week? I want to see it! Share with me on FB, Twitter & Intagram with #SketchbookSunday
Good morning, Happy Sunday!
I’ve had a bit of a flat week and haven’t gotten too much drawing done so I’ve added a couple of images from sketchbooks that are half filled and floating about my bedroom. It’s really fun to look back at your old sketchbooks to inspire yourself and see how much your style has changed. My drawing style has changed this year, but it still feels like me (cheeese).
I bought a water brush this week, I don’t know how I’ve never used one before, they are just amazing.
My pops picked some daffodils & I couldn’t resist adding a little springtime to my sketchbook
You may not realise this, but I really hated drawing flowers 6 months ago. Heres some floral drawings I did around November 2012
I’ve been inspired by geometrics recently, here’s a lino print I made back in January at a print workshop (read about the workshop here if you missed it). I’m thinking of creating a digital version.
I’ve completely forgotten I made this. It’s the early stages of a layout of a pattern I was creating. I love photocopying.
Sundays happens once a week, so does #SketcbookSunday.
It’s Design Hero time! Click to see the first post on Surface pattern powerhouse Collier Campbell. This month I’m staying local with Liverpool based whimsical illustrator extraordinaire Laura-Kate Draws.
One cold December evening after volunteering at The Bluecoat I fumbled through a rack of prints and came across a print I loved. I was skint so I fumbled some more and found another print I loved! Drawn with a familiar hand turns out both prints happened to be created by Laura Kate Draws.
Laura has created a quirky world consisting of Dalmatians on unicycles and spaced out Owls. I have a total crush on her style, imagination and I’m so inspired to start creating more…erm illustrative illustrations. Laura sells a load of products through Etsy and Folksy, I love her patterned mugs and greeting cards which are totally adorable.
In my last Design Hero post I created a print in the style of Collier Campbell. I thought that was a fun exercise and a nice addition to the post so here is a little self(ie) portrait and a sneaky fox I’ve created inspired by Laura’s work
Exciting news! A magazine feature!
I’m really excited to share this news with you all! I’m featured in Uppercase Magazine’s Surface Design Guide along with 99 other awesome pattern enthusiasts in Issue #21 out in April!
Uppercase is a creative, independent Magazine stocked all over the world, you can even pick up a copy from The Tate.
The ultimate cherry on the top though, is that this guide is only going to be distributed at Surtex! The Surtex show in NYC OMG! This is a huge step in the right direction for me and Hay Jay Oh for awareness of my designs and opportunities
One of my prints had a quick début in the preview video for the guide, which is a fun little video with Uppercase’s top tips on “How to stand out in Surface Design.” My purple textured print is on your screen at 4:32 in the “Don’t be afraid” section
Of course a massive Thank you to Janine Vangool for including me in the feature. I love how Upppercase engage with the creative community and that the magazine is mostly made possible by its readers.
So Lovely readers, I have a special discount code for you which is good for $15 off the subscription price. Just use ‘USPDG2014’ at the checkout.
Founded in the sixties by the late Susan Collier and her sister Sarah Campbell. Collier Campbell created iconic prints for Liberty’s and many others. The brand lives producing products using prints from their archive.
2012 marked Collier Campbell’s 50th year anniversary, in celebration a retrospective of their work was published in what looks like a tomb of a design book! The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern (Collier Campbell Collection) **
Collier Campbell are old school, their designs are all hand painted and I assume repeated by hand. I’ve got so much appreciation for the old textile print design techniques, I think I would be very unhappy if CAD wasn’t around. Take a look at this lovely video of the surviving half of the Collier Campbell duo, Sarah Campbell, reminiscing about the Collier Campbell journey.
Weirdly whilst scrolling through twitter yesterday I discovered that Sarah Campbell, has a display on at The Fashion and Textile Museum, London. Great timing as I’m off on a rare London Jaunt tomorrow!
One of the exercises during the first week of Sellable Sketch was to copy your fave designer’s style. Obviously this was just for technique experimentation and to develop your own style, discovering what you like through the process.
Inspired by Collier Campbell brush strokes for the exercise I attempted to recreate a couple of their signature prints. I realised half way through that I dislike waiting for paint to dry! I can’t promise such a treat every time I write about designers, but in a Blue Peter style “Here’s one I did earlier!”
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I’ve put together a print & pattern walk-through mini -series so you can see how I start making a pattern, I’ll show you how I put things into repeat in the next part! If you love this print you can get it on phone cases, cushions, mugs, tote bags and other stuff through my Society6 shop
Inspiration & concept
I was inspired by a butterfly print I ‘d done as part of my Keka range, which has also been my home screen wallpaper for ages. I really like the concept of using butterfly wings and wanted to play around with it some more.
Originally the design had been sparked from randomly deciding to buy and photograph a bunch of butterfly wings and then putting them into a simple repeat. I wanted to develop the photo collage element from these prints and add a bit more sass, texture and photo manipulation.
I started with my favourite mono print from last month’s print workshop. Did you miss that post? Get the lowdown here. I got a load of butterfly wings and started moving them about the page to form some ideas.
Scanning made the wings look really weird and grainy so I took some hi-res macro photographs of the collection and started digitally placing and collaging them around my Photoshop canvas on top of the monoprint, which I’d scanned. The next thing I do when I’m creating a pattern is mess about with effects, scales and all sorts of other things I usually ended up with five to ten slightly different images to choose from. It probably took me about 3/4hours to get to my final image, a lot longer than this blog post makes it sound!
Sometimes I want to be able to whack out an artwork in an hour, but I’m experimental and I often create ten or so different versions before I even put an artwork into repeat.
Maybe I will do a screencast creating a repeat to show you guys my process? Would that be something you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments.
Last week I found out about the “Tropical Fusion” blog hop for Surface Pattern Designers, It ran over the weekend and I was seriously bummed that I missed out. I am always too late to be part of these things so I’m keeping my eyes peeled in future!
The blog hop was hosted by Mary Tanana (head over to her blog she has a mighty list of the designers involved in the blog hop.) As the name suggests the theme was Tropical and colour stories were based on Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year: Radiant Orchid.
I put together a little mood board for Radiant Orchid, the background is one of my pattern designs which I’ve coloured up in said colour of the yearSource//Source//Source ♥Follow me on Pinterest♥
A lot of the bloggers are new to me so I’ve had lots of fun reading though their blogs this week! below are some of my favourite designs from the blog hop.
I could stare at this for hours. It’s so intricate it reminds me of African tribal batik fabrics – Jaguarana by Tina Olsson/FYLLAYTA.
Pineapples are so playful and cute I totally want a tote with this on – Onneke van Waardenburg
These floral drawings are so intricate, I need to learn how to draw like that in Illustrator. The depth created by using both Photoshop & Illustrator reminds me of camouflage. Trina has also written a detailed blog post that I enjoyed reading through – Trina Esquivelzeta/Surface Hug
Nika’s design feels very current and I could totally see this on the British High Street at the moment, feels like something you’d see on Mindy Kaling in an episode of The Mindy Project – Tropika by Nika Martinez
Parts of Sherry London‘s design look totally hand painted but they are all digital produced.
Congrats to all the designers involved there was such variety to choose from and I noticed a lot of Keka Designers in the mix. Go Team KEKA!
What do you think about colour of the year? Will you be influenced to buy anything Purple? Is it just clever marketing from Pantone?
This week I’ve flitted around the internet, looking at amazing surface design blogs and thinking about my own surface design brand “HayJayOh”
Whilst being inspired (and slightly depressed) at the empires that other designers have created I realised that I’m not really putting my current work out there.
So I decided on Sunday in much haste, to grab the Bull by the horns and just upload a design to Society6. I know it’s not gunna make me a millionaire but it’s a step in the right direction and it’s fun to have your prints visualised for you.
Not really thinking about it I uploaded a tribal print from my archive and I figured it could be a test run and you know I would upload some other “better” designs when I got round to creating them. But a few people started “promoting” (liking) the design It hit me that this was exactly the kind of attitude that I should be avoiding and most of all why aren’t I taking advantage of the archive of prints which I’ve created over the last 4 years? Even selling one product is better than none at all
Whats the worst that could happen right?! this harks back to a time almost a year ago when I started really thinking and writing about just doing things instead of over-thinking them. you can read this post here
After sharing the link and pinning my new products I found the code for a widget, yippee another widget!
In the mean time I’ve come up with a fun little .gif of products and a tasty little “shop hayjayoh” image. Oh I also made one for my Keka range!
let me know what you think, check them out and maybe buy my stuff :)